Brian Buescher has spent much of his career fighting for farmers, ranchers and ag businesses in Nebraska.
He would like to continue to do that as the state’s next attorney general.
“When I saw this job come open a couple of months ago, I decided now is my time,” the Republican candidate said during a stop in Fremont on Monday. “This is a job that I’ve been very interested in for a long time because it allows me to do what I do best, which is represent individuals in the most important industry in our state.”
Buescher grew up on a farm near Deweese and graduated from Sandy Creek High School near Fairfield before attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Georgetown University Law Center. He currently leads the agribusiness litigation team at Kutak Rock LLP, the state’s largest law firm.
“I represent farmers, ranchers, other ag businesses every day,” he said. “I’ll tell you, in the last five years, what I have done a lot of is pushing back on government regulation. …
“We have a situation now where we have a very aggressive government who wants to regulate dust on feedlots, who is proposing to increase regulations of agricultural runoff, including a proposal to essentially regulate all the rain that comes from the sky no matter where it falls. That’s not an overstatement. That’s really what the EPA is talking about,” Buescher added. “We need an attorney general with my experience because I am someone who does this for a living. I have sued the federal government before.”
His background – he still plays a role in raising cattle – is unique among the other candidates, he said.
“I am the only person from rural roots in this race, and I understand issues facing the more rural parts of our state. … I think a focus of what I’m going to have to think about as attorney general involves the more rural parts of our state,” he said.
Buescher said he also would push for a change in Nebraska’s “good-time” law, especially for convicted of repeated violent crimes.
“We have the votes, in my view, to change the law so repeat violent offenders are not allowed any good time at all,” he said. “They should not be eligible for it. … Let’s focus on that and change that law. I’m willing to take the lead on that.”
At the same time, he would address the crowded prison system by changing how the state deals with some of its non-violent criminals.
Buescher would propose replacing some sentences for non-violent offenders with intense supervised probation. As an example, he said, it would require those convicted of drug offenses to go in for a drug test every two days. A person who failed a drug test would be sent back to prison.
“Some will say I’m being soft on crime. No I’m not, because we have less crime if we do it this way,” he said.
Before joining Kutak Rock, Buescher was a prosecutor in Douglas County. He said he would aggressively prosecute violent criminals.
Buescher faces Doug Peterson, Pete Pirsch and Mike Hilgers in the May 13 primary. The winner will face either Janet Stewart of Fremont or Allan Eurek, who are seeking the Democratic nomination, in the Nov. 4 general election.